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Electrostatic - Lightning Brewery

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

20 Reviews
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Reviews: 20
Hads: 47
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 22.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lightning Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: radshoesbro on 10-20-2008

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A - Amber colour with an off white head. Chill haze is present.

S - Hard to really get anything. Some spice but not much complexity.

T - Eh, its got some booze in there and the large grain bill makes this kinda syrupy. Overall kinda dull and overwhelmed by the alcohol.

M - Somewhat syrupy as above.

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Electrostatic from Lightning Brewery
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